It is with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes that after 84 years we announce the closing of Al Sakhra – Cliff House for the time being.
This decision weighs heavily upon us and we hope you understand that we are heartbroken to be closing our doors. These unprecedented times are challenging for all and the path forward is uncertain.
We would like to express our gratitude to you, our guests, for making Al Sakhra your place for family gatherings and celebrations. We are proud to have been a place of warmth, friendship and community and cherish all the friends we made along the way. It is because of your trust and support that we made it this far.
To the Sakhra family, the team, the backbone we are eternally grateful. You have been with us through it all especially the past few months, we could not have done it without you.
We love you and will miss you all!
Till we meet again,
Al Sakhra Management Team
On his long journey from the Bekaa Valley to Beit el Deen, Prince Haidar Al Shihab stopped in the village of Chimlane to recharge. He went on to build stables for his horses, which would unknowingly become the original structure that houses Al Sakhra today.
The Hitti family becomes one of the first families to move to Chimlane. The family rents the space and transforms the abandoned stables into a culinary wonder serving locals, residents of nearby villages, intellectuals, artists and tourists. In fact, the name “Al Sakhra meaning Cliff House” itself was suggested by Amin Al Rihani, the famous Lebanese author during one of his many visits.
War broke out across Lebanon, forcing the restaurant to close its doors as the family, like many others had to relocate temporarily.
The situation stabilized and Chimlani residents were able to move back home.
Five years of reconstruction and renovation later, Al Sakhra reopened its doors. Many loyal customers returned because Al Sakhra stood for a familiar Lebanon; one of joy, happiness, and great food.
Al Sakhra became an increasingly popular destination as time passed and more & more people discovered the family restaurant passed down from generation to generation. To accommodate, the family expanded the restaurant – today serving 400 happy customers.
Phillipe Wakim Hitti, the face and heart of the restaurant, passed away at the age of 96. Rain or shine sleet or snow, Philippe did not miss a day at Al Sakhra where he greeted every customer with a warm smile. Phillipe lives on by our dedication to his legacy and his kindness.
Amongst the lush thicket of Chimlane Al Sakhra went on to open its dedicated outdoor space. Making your birthday parties, weddings, engagements and events all that more special.
The space itself holds the soul of a genuine Lebanese family, strengthened by walls and stones of traditional Lebanese architecture, sheltered under a crimson brick roof. Its location makes for a spectacular view, overlooking the coast of Lebanon and its capital Beirut. The outdoor area also includes a playground, which has served as an unbeatable attraction for families over the years.